84 Lumber opens in Florida Keys
Rebuilding continues in the Florida Keys, and that’s where 84 Lumber opened its newest store.
To meet what it describes as a growing need for lumber and building materials across Florida, particularly after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma last year, 84 Lumber has opened a new location in Big Pine Key (photo below).
Located along the Overseas Highway, this retail store will be easily accessible to residents in Big Pine Key as well as surrounding areas connected by the highway, including Bahia Honda Key, West Summerland Key and Little Torch Key.
With a strong presence already established in Florida, 84 Lumber’s newest location offers local communities building materials such as roofing, trim, treated lumber, windows and doors, 84 Lumber said. The company provides special orders to local residents in need and single-day turnaround for more specific projects. A 2,275-square-feet showroom is also on the property.
“In Big Pine Key, we’re continuing 84 Lumber’s tradition of offering high-quality, essential building materials,” said 84 Lumber’s chief operating officer Frank Cicero. “The timing is especially important to the Florida Keys and surrounding areas as they continue to rebuild in the aftermath of Irma.”
Based in Eighty Four, Pa., 84 Lumber operates more than 250 stores, component manufacturing plants, custom door shops, custom millwork shops and engineered wood product (EWP) centers in 30 states. In addition to Big Pine Key, the company has recently opened stores in Riverhead, N.Y.; Holbrook, Mass; Ruskin, Fla.; and Greensboro, N.C.
Dealers honored by trim manufacturer
Maryland building supply company TW Perry, a former HBSDealer Pro Dealer of the Year, was named to a list of honorees for “Versatexcellence.”
Citing “dedication to growth, education and brand promotion” during 2017, Versatex Building Products recognized TW Perry of Gaithersburg, Md., as “Dealer of the Year. Versatex is a manufacturer of wood-alternative trim board, and other products.
Also on the Versatexcellence list were:
• Builder of the Year: Seifert Construction, of Mattituck, N.Y.
• Distributor of the Year: BlueLinx Corp., of Charleston, S.C.
• Fabricator of the Year: Flower Window Boxes, of Cumming, Ga.
• Distributor Sales Rep of the Year: Jim Detwiler, of Dixie Plywood and Lumber Co., Orlando, Fla.
• Market Development Specialist of the Year: Nick Leugers, who is based in Semmes, Ala.
• Regional Sales Manager of the Year: Matt Cullen, who is based in Columbia, Md.
“Since 2005, we’ve made a point of honoring those who’ve done the most to move our organization forward,” said Rick Kapres, Versatex sales VP. “It’s always difficult to choose just one organization or individual from a field that’s notable for such outstanding quality and service. But each of this year’s winners is a genuine standout.”
Kapres also named the six dealers selected for the 2017 regional Versatexcellence Awards:
• Northeast: Hinckley Home Center, Norwich, Mass.
• East Coast: Siding Depot/Passaic Metals Group, Asbury Park, N.J.
• Southeast: Espy Lumber, Hilton Head, S.C.
• Gulf States: Manning Lumber Co., Jacksonville, Fla.
• Midwest: Wilson Lumber, Wilmington, Pa.
• Great Lakes: Spring Arbor Lumber, Spring Arbor, Mich.
TW Perry was named Pro Dealer of the Year in 2011 by Home Channel News, the forerunner of HBSDealer.
RLDAM meets with Maine gubernatorial candidates
With Maine Gov., Paul LePage, serving his final year in office, candidates for the state’s highest office came to the Retail Lumber Dealers of Maine’s (RLDAM) January meeting.
The Jan. 24 event gave candidates an opportunity to meet with industry leaders from across the state to learn about the lumber and building material industry’s needs and how local, independent businesses can help the state prosper.
In all, seven candidates running for governor attended the meeting to hear from RLDAM members. There are currently 24 candidates in the race, which will be contested in November 2018.
Candidates in attendance included: small business owner Alan Caron, Sen. Mark Dion, Rep. Ken Fredette, Maine Treasurer Terry Hayes, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, businessman Shawn Moody, and Maine Senate President Mike Thibodeau.